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3 Helpful Holiday Tips for Healthy Teeth

December 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — summitfamilydentistry @ 7:25 pm
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The holidays are here, and for many people that means a lot of added pressure. Whether you have end-of-the-year reports to finalize at work, or are busy searching for just the right gift for everyone on your list, it’s easy to forget about your oral health. Between the homemade cookies and store-bought candies at group gatherings this time of year, you might be tempted to overdo it and end up with tooth decay or gum disease. If you want to prevent potential problems, keep reading to learn 3 tips to keep your smile happy all season!

Tip #1: Retain Your Regular Routine

Between having the kids home for winter break and having time off work, it’s easy for your usual habits to fall by the wayside. A change in your normal routine makes it easier to forget to brush and floss your teeth in the morning and evening when you typically would. The best way to keep them in tip-top condition is to maintain your regular dental care schedule, even if you have to set alarms or reminders to do it. This ensures that you consistently remove toxic germs and plaque buildup to avoid possible issues.  

Tip #2: Stop Snacking on Sweets

There are a multitude of tasty seasonal treats to indulge in, whether you prefer a steaming cup of hot cocoa or the minty freshness of a festively striped candy-cane. Unfortunately, sugar attracts harmful bacteria that can cause cavities, so it’s best to limit your consumption. If you find that it’s impossible to avoid altogether, you can reduce your exposure to the sweetly damaging ingredient by eating fewer or smaller portions. It’s probably fine to have a dessert here and there but try to keep it to a minimum.

Tip #3: Take Your Toothbrush

It’s common to travel to visit family and friends which can interrupt your oral care regimen, so plan to take your toothbrush and toothpaste with you. If that feels awkward or embarrassing, you can also purchase smaller travel-sized products from your local store that can easily fit in your purse or pocket. That way you can freshen up after a strong cup of coffee, an oniony appetizer, or if you get something stuck between your teeth. Having your supplies with you can alleviate anxiety about dental problems while you’re away from home.

Now you know how to keep your smile healthy into the new year!

About the Author

Dr. Dinesh Patel strives to make a positive impact on patients’ lives by providing exceptional dental care that takes everyone’s unique circumstances into consideration. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the State University at Buffalo, then completed a general dentistry residency at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. He offers a wide range of services so that you and the entire family can enjoy exceptional oral health. You’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (814) 923-4510.

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